Joaquín Lavín

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Joaquín Lavín
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Minister of Social Development of Chile
In office
October 13, 2011 – June 13, 2013
President Sebastián Piñera
Succeeded by Bruno Baranda
Minister of Education of Chile
In office
March 11, 2010 – July 18, 2011
President Sebastián Piñera
Preceded by Mónica Jiménez
Succeeded by Felipe Bulnes
Mayor of Santiago
In office
December 6, 2000 – December 6, 2004
Preceded by Jaime Ravinet
Succeeded by Raúl Alcaíno
Mayor of Las Condes
In office
September 26, 1992 – June 11, 1999
Preceded by Eduardo Jara
Succeeded by Carlos Larraín
Personal details
Born (1953-10-23) October 23, 1953 (age 64)
Santiago, Chile
Nationality Chilean
Political party Independent Democratic Union
Spouse(s) María Estela León
Children 7
Alma mater Universidad Católica de Chile
University of Chicago
Occupation Economist
Website Ministry of Education of Chile

Joaquín José Lavín Infante (born 23 October 1953) is a Chilean politician and economist. He is a member of the Independent Democratic Union (UDI) party and former mayor of Santiago and Las Condes municipalities of capital Santiago. He ran for president twice in 1999 and 2005, losing both times.

Lavín was born in Santiago and earned a master's degree in economics from the University of Chicago. He wrote a book, Una revolución silenciosa ("A Quiet Revolution"), in support of General Augusto Pinochet's economic policies. He was also political editor of the conservative Chilean daily El Mercurio. Afterwards, in 1992, Lavín was elected mayor of Las Condes, a stronghold of the right, with 31% of the vote and reelected in 1997 with 78% of the vote.

Lavín was the presidential candidate for the UDI-National Renewal coalition Alliance for Chile in the 1999 election. He eventually lost to PS/PPD candidate Ricardo Lagos in a runoff by 200,000 votes. Lavín again represented UDI in the 2005 presidential election, but ended in third place with 23.23% of the vote, due the presence of another right-wing candidate in the race, Sebastián Piñera, who made it to the runoff election with 25.41% of the vote.

Lavín is a devout Roman Catholic and also a supernumerary member of the Prealature of Opus Dei.

Lavín was narrowly defeated in his bid for a Senate seat in the general election held in December 2009, but on 10 February 2010, President-elect Sebastián Piñera named him Secretary of Education.[1][1]

In July 2011, President Piñera replaced Lavín as Minister of Education by Felipe Bulnes as a response to the months of student protest and appointed him as Minister of Social Development (2011-2013).[2]

He is now Dean of the Business School of the Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD).


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-03-12.  Joaquín Lavin, Minister of Education
  2. ^ Canales, Javier. La Tercera July 18, 2011. Access date July 18, 2011

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